LA Kings hire Todd McLellan as next head coach
Today, the Los Angeles Kings have officially announced Todd McLellan as the 29th head coach in franchise history. McLellan replaces Willie Desjardins, who served as an interim head coach after the Kings fired John Stevens.
McLellan, 51, has a career record of 434-282-90 in his 806 regular season games in San Jose (2008-2015) and Edmonton (2015-18). He has reached the Stanley Cup Playoffs in seven of his 10 full seasons as an NHL head coach. His teams have missed the playoffs on only three different occasions. He also won the 2008 Stanley Cup with the Detroit Red Wings as an assistant coach under Mike Babcock. Kings Vice President and General Manager Rob Blake played for McLellan for two seasons in San Jose before retiring so there is familiarity there.
The Kings are scheduled to host a news conference tomorrow, Wednesday, beginning at 10:00am to introduce McLellan. It will be streamed live on the team's official website.